Adam was such a minor character in Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart that I never dreamed he would get a book of his own, let alone the second book in the series. When he started telling me his story, I fell in love with him. He was wounded and hurt, unsure of himself. Then, he showed me the woman he loved. She was strong and independent, but so deeply in love with him. When he had doubts, she would need to carry him through. He would stand for her and protect her just as she wouldhim.
Dragons have had a interesting history. When Bowie and the Golden family showed up in my dreams, they were pretty far from what I thought dragons were supposed to be. They are a tight-knit family who does their best to keep Cedar River a safe haven for shifters of every shape and size. They are humorous and friendly. They believe in sharing the wealth and taking care of their community.
I shifted for the first time at the age of thirteen. It hurt like hell, but it was freeing at the same time. There is a power that you feel when you change and it just radiated through me. That first time, Brady stayed human and took me into the woods for my first hunt as a puma. I was able to stalk and kill a small deer on my own. Brady sat on a rock, ever the silent observer, and watched as I tore into its fur and flesh. The blood rushing into my mouth should have felt disgusting, but that deer’s life force filled me, invigorated me. Brady waited for me to finish, then he took the hide and left the carcass behind for the other predators that walked the woods. For Yule that year, Brady presented me with a beautiful pair of buckskin boots, lined with rabbit fur.
When I began the Cedar River series, I really wanted to show what life in the Upper Peninsula is like. You know your neighbors. You help where you can. There is a real sense of community here. I wanted readers to feel the community coming together through this series. It is one of the biggest reasons I love living here.
I love everything there is about U.P. living. It’s basically quiet here and life can be really good. My intention was to stick to all the animals who reside here. You know, pumas, wolves, porcupines, bears, etc. But there was a dragon family who had other ideas. Then the Wilder family snuck in. Dragons and phoenix in the U.P.? Oh sure, why not? See, I had good intentions
Natural Born Enemies came flowing out and I was so happy that the characters were a puma and a wolf. It wasn’t hard for me to fall in love with Adam and Luna. Their wounds were still raw after all the time they had spent apart. I was so pleased that they told me their story and I was able to help them heal.
Cedar River, Michigan is a wonderful place to fall in love. Some people see change as a good thing, but there are a few others who can’t let go of the “old ways.” “Breeds should stay within their breeds,” they say.
Adam Thomas is the deputy sheriff in Cedar River. His black puma shifter side got him released from the military and sent back home. His demons followed, but they are nothing compared to the ones within his pride.
Luna McIntyre is the only daughter and shaman to the McIntyre pack. She is tired of being smothered and told what to do in regards to her life. She’s opened a sweet shop and moved forward with her life. However, the love of her teen years is back in town and her family is trying to rein her in again.
Someone in this small town is so set in their beliefs that they can’t see how love is sometimes simply love. Cats and canines may be natural born enemies, but love may be enough to get past the differences.
Writing Natural Born Enemies wasn’t hard, but it was one of those books that tugged my heart in every direction. Adam is such an alpha male. He’s all about keeping his woman safe. Luna is a woman who doesn’t need protecting, she needs back-up The fact that she loved Adam helped the story come through. Luna loves Adam’s heart which smooths Adam’s sharp edges.
Cedar River, Michigan is a wonderful place to fall in love. Some people see change as a good thing, but there are a few others who can’t let go of the “old ways.” “Breeds should stay within their breeds,” they say. Adam Thomas is the deputy sheriff in Cedar River. His black puma shifter side got him released from the military and sent back home. His demons followed, but they are nothing compared to the ones within his pride.
Today is shaping up to be much better. I’m officially on spring break this week so I have a lot of time to get caught up on things I’ve been running behind on. Baking, reading, homework, cooking, cleaning, writing, you get the picture.
Yesterday, I told you I would post my new cover. I’m so excited because I’m stepping out on my own with this book. I’m going to be self-publishing The Golden Dragon’s Treasure. I’m nervous and excited all at once.
For those of you who are fans of this series, this is Brady Golden and Silver Larkin’s story. Their story was a long journey and I had to deal with a lot of things as I wrote it. I’m so glad to see it coming to fruition.
Here’s an excerpt:
The bell over the diner door rang. I lifted my head and watched as two of the sexiest red-heads walked in.
Bowie let out a low whistle. Adam turned to see what we were looking at.
“Thank the gods, I’m engaged. Holy hell, that’s double trouble, if ever I’ve seen it.”
I could feel the crotch of my jeans shrinking at a rather rapid pace. My mouth was watering. I swallowed hard and simply stared. Red-heads are my downfall and always have been.
One had a long braid and the other one had short, spiky hair.
The short-haired one turned and smiled. Her lavender eyes were lined with eyelashes as black as night. She tapped the other one on the shoulder and they both looked at us.
With piercings in her eyebrows, her nose, her lip, and who knows where else, she said something to the other and walked to our table.
She leaned over our table and her scent snuck into my nose, down my throat, and grabbed me by the balls. “Hey, handsome,” she said, looking at me, “could you tell me and my sister where we could find Sheriff Golden?”
All the blood rushed from my head and my tongue felt as if it weighed a ton. I lifted my hand and pointed to my right where Bowie sat.
The beautiful goddess smiled again, “Thanks, handsome.” She turned to Bowie who could only smile. “Sheriff Golden, I’m Silver Larkin. My sister, Sheriff Starr Larkin, phoned yesterday about an e-mail she received about our friend, Samantha Howard and her son, Patrick.”
Her voice was laced with sex. Her sister joined us at the table and I felt as if I’d been hit with a hammer.
Bowie asked them a few questions about Jane/Samantha which they answered to his satisfaction apparently. “I’ve got to get to the office, but Brady can take you out to Ja-, I mean, Samantha. Just be prepared. She hit her head in the accident and she doesn’t remember too much. We felt lucky she remembered Patrick. There again, he’s a pretty unforgettable kid.”
I looked at Bowie. I was supposed to take these two out to Ana’s cottage? I couldn’t even speak and I was supposed to tell Samantha why these women were visiting her? I looked up and begged the gods for some mercy.
The one named Starr touched my arm, “If you don’t mind, we’d like to get going.” I noticed the pentagram tattooed on the inside of her wrist.
I cleared my throat. “Uhm, sure. My truck is back at the sheriff’s station. If you want to meet me there in about fifteen minutes, I can take you out to Ja-, Samantha.”
Silver winked at me as she stood to get their coffees from the counter.
Have you ever had one of those days were nothing seems to go right? That was my day to day. I had million and one things to accomplish, but nothing seemed to cooperate. I stepped outside and took a look around. Everything is snow-covered (I’m ready for winter to end) and beautiful. The cedar trees scent the air and gulls are crying overhead. I took a deep breath and allowed the outdoors to calm my mind. I feel so much better. If you can’t visit the U.P. of Michigan physically, why not pick up the Cedar River series books and visit mentally? There are two books so far, but many more to come. I just finished the third book and revealed the cover art for my FB fans. I’ll post it here tomorrow.
I love being part of the TRS parties simply because I get to share my books and characters with all of the readers here. I am currently working on self-publishing the third book in my Cedar River series and did a cover art reveal on my Facebook page and blog.
Here is a new excerpt from the first book in the series, Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart:
Bowie was poised with his hand ready to knock on our door. Bowie flashed his “don’t you find me sexy” smile and Brady just nodded to her.
“Ana, they’re here,” she called out.
When Bowie came into the room, I threw my sneaker at him. “Hey, kitten,” he said with a
grin that always aggravated me.
“Shut the f*** up, Bowie Golden,” I said before turning to Brady. “How the hell did he talk
you into this, Brady?” Brady just smiled at me, ever the silent type. “Did you ever think that maybe, just maybe, I had plans tonight? No, Annie doesn’t get to date, does she? I have to be available for every whim Bowie has.”
Bowie’s eyes flashed and his grin became lethal. “What plans did you cancel for me, kitten?
Something really special?”
I picked up a paperweight and threw it at him. The shit caught it one-handed and set it down.
Brady pushed Bowie out into the hall and closed the door. “Do you have to piss him off every time you see him?” Brady asked me.
“I’m tired of jumping through his hoops of flame, Brady. I left home to get away from the ever watchful eye of Sheriff Golden and his posse of idiots. I’m making friends here. I have a life. Hell, I’ve even gone on a few dates without the four of you puffing fire down my neck. And do you want to know something? I like it! When I’m here, I’m just plain, old Ana. I’m no one special. I don’t stand out in a crowd.”
Brady chuckled, “I doubt that, kitten, but I do understand what you’re saying. We love you and if we hadn’t come up tonight, Mama would have been up tomorrow.We figured it would be better if we came tonight to check on you and talk about what is happening.”
I got up to hug him tightly. “I’ve missed you, Brady. How have you been?”
After a few more moments, I walked to the door and opened it. Bowie was leaning against the wall, answering e-mails. “You can come inside, but only if you can behave yourself.”
Bowie’s gaze held a little more fire than usual. “Someone named Toby stopped by to “holla”
at you. I told him you were busy with us tonight.”
“God, Bowie! Why did you do that? Now, Toby will think…oh what the hell does it matter?
Thanks a lot,” I said, the sarcasm dripping from the words.
I’m giving away an e-copy of Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart and an e-copy of Natural Born Enemies for this party. Be sure to enter to win!
If you’ve seen me here before, I know I’m pretty proud of the place I call home. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a filled with amazing people and breathtaking sights. It is easy to see why my Cedar River series is set here.
My new book is titled Natural Born Enemies and is the second book in the series.
It’s Friday night and the cold has settled in here in the U.P. We didn’t get as much as snow as some of you have gotten, but the cold is enough to keep me under the covers with a canine kid or two for company
Here’s an excerpt from Book 2 in the Cedar River series to help keep you warm:
I’ll never forget the first look I got of Adam. He wore his bad attitude like a well-worn pair of jeans. Gods, I wanted to be the woman to tame his wild side. The anger radiated off him in waves, but I knew in my heart that he was simply hurting.
Every year since I could remember, the pack and the pride would lay aside their differences and would help with the clearing of downed trees in the woods between the two lands. Roman Pierce recruited Adam to help. He was a young and able body. His lanky muscles bunched and relaxed with each piece of wood he tossed into the waiting trailers. My mouth still waters at that memory. Then, Adam got arrested. My dad warned me to stay away from Adam, but there was something about that young man. I started to make excuses to go into town with my girlfriends in hopes of catching his eye.
“He’s nothing but bad news, Luna,” my friend, Maria, said.
“If that’s what bad news looks like, you can deliver it to me every day,” was my reply.
Adam’s black hair was always in his eyes, but when those piercing green eyes turned my way, I felt my insides melt. A mere glance from the Pierce Pride bad boy sent my heart racing. I would watch him in the halls at school and on the football field. His speed made him the best receiver on the Cedar River Miners. I’d watch him on the side lines palling around with “Bodacious” Bowie Golden. Those two together were enough to make a girl’s panties drop with a simple smile.
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